Mobile App Development

Picking the right Tech Stack for your next Mobile App 0

As mobile technology continues to improve, the app developers must keep in mind how certain tech stack should be used or manipulated for designing mobile apps. The tech stack for mobile apps enables you to monitor, scale and keep track of changes to your app while making sure the software is able to carry out all your requirements flawlessly.

After you have finished reading this article, you will know the right tech stack for mobile app development. Continue reading to find out in details.

Native apps:

The process for this style of app development involves using software, tools, development kits and environment all provided by the OS manufacturer.

This is the very reason why designing native apps for multiple platforms will require separate technologies.

Examples include Airbnb and Instagram.

Tech stack for iOS apps:

Consider any of the following native tech stacks if you wish to design any iOS mobile app.

Objective – C, Swift programming languages:

Choose between Objective-C or Swift for native iOS app development. The former falls under C programming and enables you to program devices offering full customization.

But developers highly recommend Swift mainly because its highly functional along with codes that have the least number of lines as well as errors. One of the reasons why apps based on Swift have a remarkable level of performance.

Apple Xcode:

This toolkit is necessary for designing native applications using Swift, and with this, you could build apps for mobile as well as desktop. It comes with integrated Git for designing really attractive interfaces as well as for debugging systems.

iOS SDK:

This tech stack comprises an API acting as a bridge between the software and the platform its meant to be used. APIs can be designed by following multiple patterns as well as using tools, which can be implemented into Apple’s touchscreen for iPhones as well as iPads.

Tech stack for Android:

To design native apps for Android smartphones, the following technologies are used extensively.

Java and Kotlin:

You have the option to choose from either of the two languages for designing Android-based apps. Java, as we all know is remarkably popular offering a vast open-sourced platform to assist developers. However, there are limitations attached to it, which is why Kotlin has earned quite a name for itself during the process. The latter technology has been designed particularly for improving Java solving the primary deficiencies in designs for API. It offers smooth transitions between screens during interactions with apps based on Kotlin.

Android Studio & Developer Tools:

The platform enables you to edit codes, check for performance and a highly flexible system with instant design and deploy method. Meant solely for designing the best quality mobile apps highly interactive and pleasant to look at.

The Android Developer Tools, on the other hand, provides maximum support for app development for Android. It further enables developers to use tools for debugging scripts, designing attractive UI and creating testers for automation.

Android SDK:

To formulate a complex line of codes using all the latest features, developers need to download and then install each version of the SDK for the respective device(s) they are using. The components for the Android SDK can be downloaded separately including its third-party APIs.

Cross-platform apps:

This is another mobile development approach compatible with multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows). Developers have the freedom to improvise their coding skills upon a single platform, which eventually adapts across all the common devices available.

Some frameworks for cross-platform app development have been discussed below.

React Native + Typescript or JavaScript:

React is a part of the JavaScript framework with native experience as well as the interface similar to iOS and Android. React Native utilizes the same principle UI foundations as that of iOS and Android, all you have to do is to use JavaScript and React for putting everything together.

The TypeScript programming language enables you to design cross-platform apps, combined with really awesome features capable of detecting errors real fast. Its generic components offer an extra layer of safety while writing components.

Xamarin +C#

A framework for cross-platform app development using which engineers have the freedom to share almost 90% of code across the most common platforms. It utilizes C# as the principal language, thus allowing you to design API’s compatible with certain devices.

To find out more on Xamarin programming and its capacity in details, check out our blog that covers everything surrounding this framework.

Hybrid apps:

Hybrid mobile app development utilizes all the general web technologies as well as tools such as HTML5, CSS, and JS (JavaScript); all combined together for designing a regular mobile app. As a result, such apps function like websites as well as any ordinary mobile app displayed on a browser.

Check out Untappd to see examples of hybrid mobile apps.

Technology stack for hybrid app development:

Apache Cordova:

Cordova in short, this open-source framework runs on HTML/JS based apps based on a special native app for mobile. JavaScript to work on APIs and HTML lets you access various sensors as well as cameras. But don’t worry, it doesn’t require HTML and CSS for designing UI since it’s compatible with multiple frameworks that include jQuery, Angular JS, and Knockout.js.

Ionic:

This is an AngularJS-based programming language offering multiple advantages, and most importantly, there is a huge community of developers using this framework. This gives hybrid apps a native outlook as well as experience; moreover, its DOM elements are primarily responsible for sorting poor mobile performance.

Things to consider before selecting a tech stack are as follows:

Category of a project:

The project you’re pursuing after is a great determinant, i.e, to build a highly complicated app with tremendous performance offering highly customizable features, then native would be the perfect option. Opt for Kotlin or Swift in such cases.

Seeking a beta version for validation:

For validating a product design, startups often require user engagement just to stay ahead of the game. In such cases, cross-platform development will be feasible as you could utilize the same code across multiple platforms.

How much time do you have?

If your intention is to launch a product before anyone else in the market for gaining competitive advantage, the best bet would be to go for a technology stack with pre-existing integrations available.

Lastly…

Needless to mention that with time, more companies will be releasing apps (products) with extremely sophisticated features. Now, if you’re not really sure of what tech stack to go after, connect with us today and we will guide you throughout the entire mobile development process.